Words by Brett Pike
This year has been somewhat of a milestone year for the Swirl Records Collective and the bands on their roster. SIAMESE have taken to the road and headed across interstate for several shows including this years' Poison City Weekender. DRUID FLUIDS finally released their debut track Dr. Miller, their installation of the Monkey House Festival at their Gunston St home brought interstate bands to the DIY stages. And after a successful first installment last year, Swirl Fest is back in 2018 bringing you some of Adelaide's finest alternative, shoegaze, noise and psych bands to the Ed Castle.
Diving straight into the lineup for the coming show, it's no surprise to see Swirl Records heavily representing themselves on the lineup, iwht high expectations particularly on SIAMESE and DRUID FLUIDS to capitalise on this years momentum, cement themselves at the forefront of Adelaide's next wave and begin the year by raising the bar with a couple of standout performances. Alongside the two, and joining from the SWIRL Family will be Goon Wizard and Ricky Albeck (Goonbomb).
On the home front and representing the rest of our fine city on the bill is Zen Panda, featuring perhaps the most rambunctious front person in Sam Lavers, undoubtedly primed and ready to whip the crowd into a frenzy from start to finish. Cozying up with them will be absolute dreamboats Blush Response, who will be arriving into 2018 with a new record set for release which is an absolute monster if their most recent live performances are anything to go by. Also represnting Adelaide will be Neon Tetra, our pick of the bands at this years RATFEST, Adelaide stalwarts It's A Hoax and finally but not leastly WORKHORSE.
Heading the coming Swirl Fest '18 show will also be a trio of interstate acts, Flyying Colours having graced our stages for many times in the past and Body Type having smashed out arguably their best year to date with no signs of slowing down. The third and final band on the lineup is Brisbane-based sweater curse, who if you've been listening to your radios closely you may have heard the most recent track Don't Call Me receiving significant airplay and critical appraise. January will be their first visit to our fine city and most certainly not their last.
Full line up down below. Tickets are still available via Moshtix, get bloody heckin' stuck into it Adelaide. See you there.